No matter the size of your home, you can’t deny that your heating and cooling system makes up a large portion of your utility expenses. As you get ready for the summer, you may be looking for a few ways you can keep your Nashville heating and cooling expenses down so you can use the extra money to save up for your vacation. Check out the following advice on how to lower your energy expenses so you can enjoy having some extra money in your wallet this season.
Get a Better Thermostat
Chances are, your home is equipped with an older model thermostat that you have to use to control your furnace and air conditioner. If you haven’t thought about it already, now is a good time for you to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. It’ll save you time and money and help you to keep your place comfortable. A programmable thermostat can also help you to protect your HVAC system’s efficiency so that it lasts longer and needs fewer repairs.
Because you are upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you should keep in mind that there is a bit of a learning curve on how to use them. As you become more familiar and at ease with using one, you notice and start to enjoy the convenience and flexibility they offer.
Replace the Air Filter
While summertime means it’s vacation time for your furnace, its overtime season for your air conditioner. To preserve its longevity, you should get into the habit of replacing its filters regularly. Your AC unit can’t tell you when it’s time to do it, so you should get in the habit of checking them often. By keeping your AC filter replaced often so it stays clean, you can increase the amount of cool air that blows into your home and increase its longevity. Keeping your AC supplied with clean air filters can also lower its energy consumption by up to 15 percent.
Keep in mind that even though you are replacing your air filter as often as needed, you may still keep an eye on other issues that can impede airflow, such as shedding pets, excessive dust and heavy foot traffic. Also, if your home are located in an area where there is nearby construction, heavily accessed roads, there could be a higher amount of dust, dirt and particle debris in your home than normal.
Proper Vent Register Usage
Believe it or not, the way you use the vent registers in your home can help you to maximize your Nashville heating and cooling system. You may be accustomed to closing the vents in rooms that are not being used, but here is a reason why it may not be a good idea for you to do so. Your home’s insulation is located inside of the walls. When you close the vents in rooms that are currently not in use, those rooms can become too warm or cool, those temperatures can be absorbed by the walls that are connected to other rooms. This can make it harder for you to properly cool and heat the rooms you are using.
Your Nashville heating and cooling system draws in air through the vents in your home. When they are closed, you risk restricting airflow to your HVAC system. It’s a good idea for you to keep vents open and free of blockages to ensure proper airflow.
Contact Nashville Heating and Cooling
Don’t forget that you should also perform maintenance on your HVAC unit to reduce the need for repair visits in the future. For more expert advice about heating, cooling and anything HVAC related, contact us at M & A HVAC Services.